The Mission of FoRSE is to improve addiction treatment through science, technology, and education"
The NAATP Foundation for Recovery Science and Education (FoRSE) is a nonprofit organization that was formed to answer the most pressing questions facing the field: Is addiction treatment effective? Can treatment transform body, mind, and spirit? What treatments work best for whom?
The Vision of FoRSE includes using data, collaborative research, and education to advance health equity. FoRSE is committed to supporting systemic change toward racial and social equity in access to treatment and recovery support services.
The Addiction Treatment Problem
Addiction is a chronic brain disease that affects every element of life: body, mind, and spirit. Addiction spares no demographic, no segment of society; it disregards economic, racial, religious, political, social, gender, and geographic distinctions. Addiction harms individuals and destroys families, friendships, and employment relationships.
Unlike other chronic diseases, there is currently no standardized measurement system for SUD treatment outcomes, which makes it impossible to measure recovery or clearly understand the impact of treatment on people’s lives. Solving the problem requires a coordinated, large-scale, comprehensive effort to collect and analyze patient data on treatment and outcomes from diverse systems of care and populations.
We know there are multiple pathways to recovery, but we don’t know the relative effectiveness of these pathways for different people. We lack the evidence needed to individualize care and improve access so more people can get the help they need.
FoRSE Addiction Treatment Outcomes Program
The NAATP Foundation for Recovery Science and Education (FoRSE) has launched a national Addiction Treatment Outcomes Program to aggregate data collected from clients by a diverse set of providers. While some treatment centers have been measuring their own outcomes for decades, many providers do not have the time or resources to do this work. The field lacks data comparing public and private, non-profit and for-profit, inpatient and outpatient, telehealth and in-person treatments. We have not demonstrated to the public and the scientific community that many different types of quality services save lives every day.
NAATP launched its Outcomes and Measures Program (OMP) in 2019, convening a National Advisory Board of addiction treatment, research, and policy experts. NAATP assembled the team to advise in the identification of next steps in the area of addiction treatment outcomes and measures work, as a follow-up to the Outcomes Pilot Program that laid the groundwork and produced the Addiction Treatment Outcomes Measurement Toolkit and Final Report.